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Sustainability Courses

  • Anthropology

    Anthropology  325: Ancient Mexican Society and Art 

    Course covers anciet food cultivation methods, including chinampas (raised agriculture field in lakes), slash and burn agriculture using pre-colonial implements, terracing and other agriculture methodologies that conserve water and increase production. 

    Anthropology 380: Current Archaeology 

    Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, Mitigation, Culture Resource Law.

    Anthropology 431: Medical Ethnography

    Small scale cultivation by indigenous and migrant communities of food and medicine not commonly found in the US or in markets, such as rue, epazote, capote blanco, and others. 

    Anthropology 480: California Archaeology Methods

    Culture resources in San Diego County, Environmental and cultural resources preservation, conservation, and mitigation.

    Anthropology 481 Native American Monitoring

    Culture resources in San Diego County, Environmental and cultural resources preservation, conservation, and mitigation.

     

  • Biology

     Biology 211: Organismal and Population Biology 

    Course covers population biology and role of environmental factors that affect them.

    Biology 212: Evolution

    Evolution: including the biological definition, mechanism, detection methods, and predicting the future based on evolutionary evidence of earth's climate change.

    Biology 336: Coastal Environments

    Sustainability is a major theme throughout this course.

    Biology 338: Human Impact on the Environment

    We study coastal conservation. Wetland angency mapping & GIS biosurvey. 

    Biology 420: Ecological Monitoring

    This class is focused on monitoring ecological systems to detect environmental degradation. This includes changes in land cover due to development, and declines in wild populations of organisms. 

    Biology 533: GIS Application in Landscape Ecology

    This class is primarily about landscape ecology, which is an ecological discipline devoted to understanding how the structure and composition of landscape affects ecological processes.

    Biology 620: Ecological Monitoring

    This class is focused on monitoring ecological systems to detect environmental degradation. This includes changes in land cover due to development, and declines in wild populations of organisms. 

    Biology 633: Principle of Consercation Biology

    This class is about conserving species, with a focus on avoiding extinction. In a general sense, this is about sustainability of biological resources. We also spefically address sustainable harvest of wild population. 

  • Biotechnology

     Biotechnology 355: Molecular Conservation Biology

    Lab course covers the role of sustainability for fuel sources. 

    Biotechnology 420:  Plant Biotechnology 

    We have a unit on biofuels, and how plants and algae are used to produced biofuels.

  • Business Administration

     Business Administration 302: Business Environments 

    One entire session is devoted to sustainability issues. Also, sustainability is a component of several assignments.

     

  • Business Management

    Management 447: Business Sustainability 

    This course introduces students to sustainability, triple-bottom line, the environmental resources base, and is firmly grounded in sustainability literature. The course also links socio-environmental issues with business practices. 

    Management 606: Managing the Sustainable Enterprise 

    This MBA course discussed sustainability in the context of management practices. Students spend much of their time reviewing sustainability reports of various US and global corporations, and analyze sustainability issues in a corporate context.

  • Business Marketing

    Marketing 448: Global & Cross-cultural Marketing 

    Several cases have a sustainability component and consideration of sustainability are part of the marketing decision areas. 

  • Chemistry

     Chemistry 308: Environmental Chemistry 

    Deals with climate change, stratospheric ozone chemistry, energy sources, sustainable agriculture, water resources, and waste treatmeant.

  • Communications

     Communication 300: Communication Theory 

    Introduces students to the major 20th Century frameworks for understanding the field of communication and their respective influences in the areas of social and political practice as well as cultural understanding. May include semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, socio-psychological, socio-cultural, rhetorical, and critical traditions. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

    Communication 320: Conflict and Communication 

    Conflicts are situations in which individuals and groups with differing assumptions about reality clash with one another about right and wrong. Discusses the nature of communication in such situations, the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of discourse employed in dealing with them, and visions for transcending conflicts. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

    Communication 333: Language and Social Interaction 

    Introduction to theories of language and interaction. Addresses how language is used within social and institutional interaction. Special emphasis will be given to problematic situations and their resolution. Fosters cultural awareness through a concentration on the interactions in which culture is constructed and the cultural institutions by which interaction is governed. Sustainability and environmental preservation is taught in this course.

  • Environmental Studies

    Environmental Studies 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies 

    This course deals directly with sustainability in a variety of ways including environmental quality, social justice, economic vitality, and cultural diversity. 

    Environmental Studies 210: Research Methods: Introduction to GIS

    Focus is using GIS tools to understand and solve sustainability challenges.

    Environmental Studies 390: Environmental Justice 

    While this class does not focus directly on the pillars of sustainability, it addressed them all through the
    lens of social justice.

  • Earth Science

    ES 100:  Earth and It's Place in the Universe

    ES 100 is a course that includes sustainability as a fundamental part of understanding how humans interact with our Earth system and how these interactions impact us as a species.

  • French

    French 311: Advance French

    Students learn how to discuss in French, and compare French/Francophone habitats/behaviors/situations with their own habitars/behaviors/situations in the US:
    -Recycling; main national sources of energy; pollution (environmental stewardship)
    -How specific local resources contribute to regional culture and economy (economic vitallity)
    -Who benefits from resources and has access to them (social justices)

    French 350: Culture and Civilization

    Course includes unit on specific eco-topes in the Francophone world, including how they are being influenced or threatened by changing human activity and actions to protect or preserve them (environmental stewardship); students study tourism in specific areas and its impact on the regional culture and environment (economic vitality); students study who has access to natural resources in specific countries (social justice)

  • Global Studies

     Global Studies 100: Intro to Global Studies

    The curriculum includes modules on human rights, global environmental issues and the global economic.

  • Geography

     GEOG 201: World Regional Geography

    This is a survey course that examines human environmental relationships, physical geography, and development around the world. Sustainability and sustainable development are discussed throughout the course as students learn about the trajectories of world regions.

    GEOG 202: GIS Enhanced World Regional Geography

    .Sustainable agriculture, sustainable urban planning, sustainable population growth.

    GEOG 320: Patterns of San Diego County

    The final report required students to identify sustainability measures taken at the assigned city

    GEOG 341: Nature and Society in Calfornia

    This is a course on human-environment interactions, development and political-economy of California. Sustainability is discussed in sections on water and development, on food, and is often included in student research projects.  

    GEOG 365: Globalization and Trade

    How do we create a more sustainable economy? To answer this question , we examine what globalization looks like in various sectors and discuss the environmental, social, and economic issues raised by the current organization of world trade and production.

    GEOG 460: Food System and Emerging Markets 

    Sustainability is all over this course about the food systems and emerging trends in food which invariably involve efforts to develop alternatives to the industrial food systems. 

  • German

     German 380: German Culture Through Cinema 

    Course includes unit on specific eco-topes in the German-speaking world, including how they are being influenced or threatened by changing human activity and actions to protect or preserve them (environmental stewardship); students study tourism in specific. 

  • Human Development

     Human Development 350: Health and Human Development 

    Includes health, education, housing and income disparities ammong various population: unequal access
    to resources, environmental implication for food production, economic disparaties, racism, and public
    policies.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

     Interdisciplinary Studies 170: Food Worlds: Studies in Nation Cuisines 

    Course that includes sustainability (is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.)

    Interdisciplinary Studies 495: CoBA Senior Experience 

    This course connects to all as the students' project was a sustainable business model for environmentally integrated products with social message.

  • Nursing

     Nursing 352: Nursing Research 

    Exploration of health care research and application of evidence based practice to improve health care quality, accessibility, and safety.

    Nursing 440: Community Health Nursing 

    Health care within communities, non-hospital based care, is discussed in term of equatable care amongst all of the population and how it is distributed. Health disparities are discussed not only in terms of health care but holistically including all environmental factors surrounding all population related to health. 

    Nursing 445: Practicum: Community Oriented Nursing and Case Management

    Public Health (Com.Health) focus is on social justice, the environment and the impact on the economy. We visit families in different communities in their homes, we develop partnerships in the community, and we are teaching continually about healthy eating, lead leavels, water purity, clean air, and a safe environment related to many aspects. 

    Nursing 447: Practicum: Community Health Nursing and Case Management 

    Public Health (Com.Health) focus is on social justice, the environment and the impact on the economy. We visit families in different communities in their homes, we develop partnerships in the community, and we are teaching continually about healthy eating, lead leavels, water purity, clean air, and a safe environment related to many aspects.

    Nursing 450: Nursing Leadership and Professional Issues 

    Health care management across the continuum of care to include exploration of health care policy, politics economics, quality, safety, and accessibility. 

    Nursing 513: Biostatistics for Advance Nursing Practice 

    Students learn about the ethical conduct research, which includes the selection of the appropriate test statistic for a wide variety of research design. Incorrect selection leads to bad research, which is unethical (social justice), electronic data analysis of existing archival data and other data is examined including public and environmental health, and models are described that are used in finance (Cox hazard regression); therefore, although not the primary focus, students ay use in other facets of their lives. 

  • Psychology

     Psychology 338: Environmental Psychology 

    Focused is on "human behaviors associated with environmental problem" and "examines interventions designed to change human behavior such as conservation, public transportation, recycling, and environmental education. 

  • Social Work

     Social Work 540: Social Work Field Seminar

    In the seminar Social Work issues such as Social Justice, Environmental Justice, stewardship and vitality
    are discussed in relationship to the student's experience at their internship/field placement.

    Social Work 630B: Advance Direct Practice 1 Individual/B 

    Focused more on the sustainability of the professional work workforce (which has poor retention rate and high rates of professional stress). However, this intersects with all three areas above. 

  • Visual Art

     Visual Arts 301: Material and Themes of Contemporary Arts

    The courses addresses themes of art and some of these include social justice issues and as well environmental stewarrdship.

    Visual Arts 306: Video in the Community  Historical and Contemporary 

    Although the main curriculum topic is not focused on sustainability(and so I did not check the options above), the project challenges for students ranged from social justice to environmental stewardship. Students learn to create media projects that support the mission and efforts of non-profit organizations 

    Visual Arts 361: New Documentary Films 

    History, memory & social justice issued looked at globally theough new documentary films.

    Visual Arts 404: Art and Web Design 

    Although the main curriculum topic is not focused on sustainability(and so I did not check the options above), the project challenges for students ranged from social justice to environmental stewardship. 

  • Women Studies

     Woman Studies 300: Ecofeminism 

    Ecofeminism is a course that examines the many facets of environmentally focused feminism, or the study of ecology through a feminist lens. We srudy sustainability efforts in water, food, and energy management with a focus on women's experience.

    Woman Studies 301: Gender, Race, and Class in Contemporary Societies 

    The main topic of this course is intersectionality, or the study of the various aspects of social identity. Students learn to analyze micro and macro social situations from a lens that focuses social justice and  awareness of all members of society.